Monthly Archives: November 2014

Who’s Going To Land This Plane?

I imagine being a dog trainer is like being the air traffic controller back in the tower trying to talk a stewardess through a landing after the pilot has a heart attack or is killed by Nicolas Cage. As attractive and savvy the stewardess may be, this might be her first day on the job, or she was sick the day they went over flying [...]

By |2014-11-30T16:47:31-04:00November 30th, 2014|4 Comments

Should This Dog Be Up For Adoption?

drawing by Leslie Swieck all copyrights apply The compassion that people show for dogs with fear-based behavior challenges is commendable. Rescue groups pull them from shelters by the thousands and well-intentioned people adopt them. Given the number of people joining online groups looking for support and advice about how to help these dogs the reality that it requires more than time and love should [...]

By |2014-11-23T09:57:15-04:00November 23rd, 2014|26 Comments

Why Are Dog Trainers So Averse To Training?

Building a relationship or a recall? We are living in a golden age of dog training. The industry has been infused with information from professionals in the field of applied behavior analysis and animal training in general. Mark and reward training (click/treat) and lure/reward are if not embraced, are at least not unknown to most dog trainers and pet owners. Bob Bailey was pulled out of [...]

By |2014-11-02T12:51:03-04:00November 2nd, 2014|22 Comments